A Unique Twist on a Classic











about forage bow ties

designers: stephen loidolt & shauna alterio


They met in a kissing booth at an art school carnival. after graduating from cranbrook academy with MFAs in sculpture and printmaking, and began collaborating by making gifts for friends. over time their creative partnership has developed into multiple projects including: something’s hiding in here, the original mustache on a stick, seed house stationers, and forage haberdashery.

Their very first bow ties were made in the summer of 2010. the name FORAGE comes from our love of hunting for vintage and deadstock fabrics, which keeps their creative process fresh. each collection is hand crafted in limited numbers using cotton fabrics. their packaging is made in the US with recycled materials and hand printed by them.

other places you can find them:
our blog something’s hiding in here
twitter / instagram / flickr / pinterest 


Featured Vendor – Genesis Master of Events

About Premier Bride

Welcome to Premier Bride Fresno, the valley’s most complete wedding website to Central Valley brides! Our directory includes the best wedding professional in and around the Fresno, CA area for your wedding. We are proud to provide you with information for wedding locations, reception sites, caterers, DJ’s, bridal salons, decorators and wedding planners. We also cover Visalia, Clovis, Oakhurst, Madera, Tulare, Lemoore, Reedley, and Selma. Premier Bride, your local wedding resource.

Here we feature our wedding vendors to spotlight their services and specialties. Congratulations on your upcoming event – we wish you a lifetime of happiness, adventure and joy.

ABOUT Genesis Master of Events

Genesis Master of Events/559-933-7526/ Genesismasterofevents@gmail.com/7075 N. West Ave, Fresno Ca 93711

We are the Premier Wedding Planner in Central California. Our services include “Deluxe Day Of”, Full Service Planning, and Elite Destination Coordination. We have been in the Wedding Industry for over 25 years and have planned over 1000 successful events. Our full service clients have the opportunity to use Genesis Master of Events’ “in-house” Wedding Floral & Decor Design, Wedding Photography, Wedding Video, DJ/ Professional MC service, Wedding Invitations, Custom Wedding Stationary, Fine Linens, Photo booth, Wedding Cake & Custom Desert Buffet, Wedding Officiant Service,   . . .in other words . . .We Do It All!

Our experience, close industry relationships, and “in-house” services make us a unique Wedding Planning Service.  Our Master Event Planners typically plan a wedding within 2 to 3 weeks! This allows you time to enjoy your engagement without being stressed.  When family members and friends ask about your wedding planning, you can honestly say that it is taken care of!  Our mission is to make our brides relaxed and stress free.  We treat our brides like they are part of our family.

In our industry, it is a common wedding myth that Wedding Planners are only for the wealthy.  With the overabundance of unethical practices in the wedding industry, you can’t afford not to have us.  We are more than just a wedding planner; we are Your Wedding Advocate.  Also, with all of our “in-house” services, we really are a one stop shop!

Our “Duluxe Day Of” is more than just a “day of” service and much more than a “month of” service.  The price for our “Duluxe Day” Of is $2000.00.  Our planners usually save our clients much more than the cost of our services.  When you sit down with us, you will be surprised to see how affordable a wedding planner can be from Genesis Master of Events!   

Our Full Planning/Coordination Service, Elite Destination Coordination, and Celebrity Packages start at $4,000. 

If you are a Bride to Be, we look forward to you joining our Genesis family very soon.  Give us a call at 559-933-7526 to get your perfect celebration started!

Genesis Master Of Events


559-933-7526 (PLAN)

7075 N. West Ave

Fresno, CA   93711

Premier Bride Showplace Vendors

Welcome, Central Valley Brides!

For more information about wedding planning, wedding vendors & bridal shows, please visit www.pbcv.com.

The following sponsors and exhibitors are participating in the Premier Bride Showplace bridal show in Fresno on August 19, 2012 .
Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center website
Mark Janzen Photography website
Limo for You website
La Ryan Catering website
The Vault website
Oh So Swank! website
Exhibitors with the pink Running Ribbon Susan G. Komen next to their names have kindly donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Premier Bride would like to thank them for their generosity.
Shirley Gambero Designer/Dressmaker website
David’s Bridal website
Premier Bride’s Perfect Dress Susan G. Komen website
Shirley Gambero Designer/Dressmaker website
Classic Catering website
LaRyan Catering website
Plates Grilling & Catering website
AMS Entertainment Susan G. Komen website
TNT DJ & HD Video Susan G. Komen website
Edible Arrangements website
Oh So Swank! website
National Healthstyles Susan G. Komen website
Bed Bath & Beyond website
Bella Makeup & Hair Design website
Central California Advocare website
Forever Adored website
Lisa Takao Paper Couture Susan G. Komen website
Rogers Jewelry website
The Vault Fine Jewelers website
Limo For You Susan G. Komen website
AMS Entertainment Susan G. Komen website
Covered with Elegance website
Forget Me Nots AntiquesSusan G. Komen website
Light and Sound Solutions website
Lounge Essence website
Brian Bishop Photography website
Choice Imaging website
Creative Captures website
D.C. Photography Studios website
John M. Reynolds Photography Susan G. Komen website
Kenny Gilman Photography website
Mark Janzen Photography website
Morgan/James Photography Susan G. Komen website
Nostalgia Photography Susan G. Komen website
Ros-Lynn Studios Susan G. Komen website
Schafer Studios website
TMphotography Susan G. Komen website
Van’s Studio of Photography website
AJ’s Tuxedo Junction Susan G. Komen website
Black Tie & Bridal Lace website
Pat’s Tuxedos website
Classic Catering website
Paradise Springs website
Swan Court Conference Center website
The Big Fresno Fair Event Center website
The Downtown Club Susan G. Komen website
The Loft Events website
The Pines Resort website
TorNino’s Banquets Susan G. Komen website
Wolf Lakes Park Susan G. Komen website
Choice Imaging website
D.C. Photography Studios website
Reverie Video Productions website
Schafer Studios website
TNT DJ & HD Video website
Oh So Swank! website
Premier Bride Magazine Susan G. Komen website
The ONE Wedding Planner

China Peak 2nd Annual Wedding Open House

Imagine majestic mountain peaks, high Sierra meadows, crystal clear run-off creeks and pristine alpine lakes…

China Peak 2nd Annual Wedding open House –  Sunday, July 1st, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.

At China Peak, we take pride in offering our bridal couples flexibility in every aspect of their wedding, including ceremony and reception locations. We allow couples to work with their unique schedule and budget with both mid-week and weekend rates and availability for their needs. Ceremony site fees include the following amenities.

  • Dedicated space for your event on the contracted date for a duration of 8 hours.
  • Professional on-site event planner and catering team and resort staff.
  • Bridal Suite for preparation on the day of your wedding.
  • Discounted room rates for your guests.
  • Complementary pre-event planning sessions and entrée tasting.
  • Ceremony & Reception seating for up to 100 guests (fees for additional seating is charged at $3 per chair).
  • Round and Rectangle tables for reception, guest sign in, cake table, gift table.
  • Table linens in either white or ivory for all tables, including matching napkins.
  • Heat lamps available for outdoor sites when needed.
  • Usage of the China Peak sound system and microphone.
  • Choice of arbor for ceremony.

Enjoy all of the beauties that the Sierra Nevada’s have to offer at the new China Peak Mountain Resort. China Peak will make your dream mountain wedding come true with the spectacular Sierra’s as a backdrop that will leave you and your guests breathless.

China Peak Mountain Resort is located only 65 miles northeast of Fresno at scenic Huntington Lake in the Sierra National Forest. The mountain has 1,679 feet of vertical with a base elevation of 7,030 with the peak at just over 8,700 feet. The resort offers seven chair lifts, a T-Bar servicing our new freestyle terrain park, and two handle tows and a moving carpet for the beginner skiers and snowboarders.

Now locally owned and operated, China Peak Mountain Resort provides a big Sierra experience close to home – with total acreage, elevations, vertical rise and terrain comparable to many Lake Tahoe resorts.

Premier Bride Featured Vendor – Mancini Emcee & Sound

“MANCINI” Emcee and Sound Production Inc. is the leading entertainment company in Central California.  They have provided service for over 2000 wedding receptions, company functions, community events, birthdays,  anniversaries, and other events.  “MANCINI” has the knowledge and experience to create an event that is personalized to each client.

Special Event Entertainer, Disc Jockey, Emcee, Game Show Host

Debbie Mancini is the ‘heart and soul’ of the company; promoting the business and scheduling all functions. She conducts the consultations, coordinates the events, and is experienced as a sound engineer as well as being comfortable as an emcee. She instructs the inter-activities and teaches the new dance routines.

Greg Mancini is the ‘seasoned veteran’, who has been in and around the music and entertainment all his life. His voice-overs have included Television and radio commercials, corporate documentaries and promotional videos. His experience has gained him confidence with every facet of the business; from consultations, coordinating events to emceeing and sound producing.

“Professional style and grace…” A professional emcee keeps your guests informed, announcing all events with professional style and grace, insuring the events you have selected will be properly presented.

An experienced sound engineer presents the music selected throughout the celebration and maintains a comfortable volume. He is trained to inspire guests with music to dance and enjoy the festivities late into the event.

Your emcee and sound engineer will assure a memorable event.

Choosing the right entertainment for your function is one of the most important decisions you have to make to ensure the success of your event. By hiring “MANCINI”, you can relax and know that your special event will be one to remember.

About Our Bridal Shows – Next Show, Sunday, January 20th 2013

A Bridal Odyssey

All in one place… All in one day.

  • Over 80 wedding professionals
  • Multi-Media Fashion Show
  • ‘Sweet Treasures’ wedding cake dive
  • Wedding Gown giveaway by Elegant Bride of Fresno
  • Cruises and more…

A Bridal Odyssey is the longest running Bridal Show in Central CA.  Over 80 wedding professional to give expert advice and answer your questions.  See displays on what they have to offer to make your day special. Sample catering food and wedding cakes. At 2:30 PM see our exciting Multi media, high energy fashion show showing all the latest new gowns and tuxes for the guys. All registered brides have a chance to win prizes in our national acclaimed “Sweet Treasures” wedding cake dive. A lucky bride will find a cruise hidden in the cake. Lots of gifts and prizes for the brides and grooms given away all day. One lucky bride will win a beautiful wedding gown by Elegant Bride. Grand prize honeymoon cruise of your choice.

Tickets are $10.00 at the door. Buy tickets online at www.abridalodyssey.com and save $2.00 or complete the form for a $2.00 discount to present at the door.

Modern Bride Magazine is giving every registered bride a one year subscription with paid admission to the show.

Don’t want to miss this spectacular Bridal Event!

Produced and Directed by: ‘MANCINI” Emcee & Sound Production, Inc.

Mancini services are extensive and include:

  • Wedding and Reception Coordination
  • Celebration and Event Planning
  • Professional Master of Ceremonies
  • Corporate Challenge-Team Building
  • Producers of ‘A BRIDAL ODYSSEY” bridal shows -January and July


  • TV-Style gameshow “MANCINI Mania”
  • Wedding and Celebration Invitations
  • Dances of all venues and music styles
  • Interactive Entertainment Games
  • Custom and personal ‘voice over’ music edits
  • Professional television and radio voiced commercials
  • Professional corporate video voiced promotional tools

Premier Bride Central Valley

Congratulations on your engagement! Here you will find the best Fresno wedding professionals in the valley for your wedding planning in and around the Fresno, CA area. If you’re looking for Florists, DJs, Wedding Photographers, Bridal Gowns, Limos, or Reception Locations, you’re in the right place. Premier Bride opens the door to the most complete list of wedding vendors in the Fresno area. Again, congratulations on your upcoming wedding and thanks for turning to Premier Bride! (Feature photo from Carli Morgan Photography)

Premier Bride Weddings in Central Valley CA


Welcome to Premier Bride Fresno, the valley’s most complete wedding website to Central Valley brides! Our directory includes the best wedding professional in and around the Fresno, CA area for your wedding. We are proud to provide you with information for wedding locations, reception sites, caterers, DJ’s, bridal salons, decorators and wedding planners. We also cover Visalia, Clovis, Oakhurst, Madera, Tulare, Lemoore, Reedley, and Selma. Premier Bride, your local wedding resource.

Premier Bride Central Valley is owned and operated in Fresno, CA by Tracy Barnes and Kristy Montgomery. Let our advertisers know you found them with Premier Bride! It is the result of their investment that has made this complimentary publication and website available to you. Here you will find some of the Valley’s best Caterers, Photographers, Reception Sites, Ceremony Sites, DJ’s, Invitations, Limos, Make-Up, Party Suppliers, Bridal Salons, Bridal Registries, Decorators, Videographers and Honeymoons Planners – just to name a few! We hope you enjoy the Valley’s most complete wedding website – Premier Bride!

Premier Bride
Publishers: Tracy Barnes & Kristy Montgomery
Located inside the Premier Bride Wedding Center
7075 N. West Avenue
Fresno, CA 93711
Tel: 559-435-8888

The Perfectly Suited Groom

The Perfectly Suited Groom
Your bridal gown will turn heads as you walk down the aisle on your wedding day, but the groom, waiting patiently for you at the altar, deserves his share of the attention, too. The groom’s attire will be dictated by the ceremony’s time of day, since that dictates the wedding’s degree of formality. Proper attire falls into four categories, each with their own distinctive traditions and styles: very formal, formal, semiformal and informal.


Putting on the Ritz
Both very formal and formal men’s attire are governed by long held traditions. Morning weddings are considered very formal, calling for long-jacketed “morning suits” with gray waistcoats and pinstriped trousers, top hats, gloves and spats. The distinctive morning coat tapers from the waistline button to one broad tail with a vent in back. The groom and groomsmen may also sport walking sticks.

Very formal evening weddings require that the men of the hour dress in what’s known as white tie and tails: black swallowtail coats and trousers, and white vests, shirts and bow ties. Black top hats and white gloves are optional. The traditional swallowtail coat is cut short in front and extends to two tails in the back.

A formal afternoon wedding calls for classic black tie and tuxedos for the groom and his men. White dinner jackets are worn at a formal evening ceremony with black pants trimmed in grosgrain or satin ribbon and a black bow tie, vest and cummerbund.

Proper footwear choices are opera shoes or formal lace-ups, always in black. In both very formal and formal weddings, while the men are dressed identically, the groom is allowed to distinguish himself from his groomsmen by a distinctly different boutonniere.

A More Casual Elegance
With semiformal and informal men’s attire, tradition loosens and almost anything goes. While the groom and groomsman may still wear tuxedo or dinner jackets (double breasted or single-breasted), a dash of coordinated color in their ties, vests, cummerbunds and suspenders can be added to complement the wedding colors. Most men’s formalwear shops offer a colorful variety of jackets and vests in brocades, iridescent and other textures and patterns. The groom may even distinguish himself from the groomsmen by wearing a different colored jacket altogether.

Semiformal fashion allows the groom and groomsmen a bit more contemporary flair. While an everyday man’s suit is fine for an informal wedding, the groom and groomsmen should try to dress in the same color. Navy or dark gray suits or navy jackets with white pants are considered traditional informal wear, with white bucks or saddle shoes. The color of the men’s ties should complement the bridesmaid’s gowns.

Awesomely Cool & Funky Style Examples

The Bow-Tie Challenge
Unless you plan a morning wedding, which calls for ascots or elegant four-in-hand ties, the groom and groomsmen will likely wear bow ties. The bow tie is commonly rented or sold in a prettied version, so that a man need only adjust the strap length around his neck and fasten it with a clasp that is hidden behind the bow. However, buying a “real,” or untied bow tie, and taking the trouble to learn how to tie it is a gesture that will not go unnoticed. The hand-tied bow tie will be slightly imperfect, revealing the touch of a human hand, and the result will be a kind of authenticity and elegance not possible with the stiff, perfectly symmetrical pre-tied version. However, it’s really just a simple slipped square knot tied the same way shoes are tied. The salesperson at most formalwear shops will gladly give a tutorial, and with a little practice the groom and groomsmen will become experts. If you decide to go this route, the groom or at least one of the groomsmen should learn the procedure inside and out, ensuring that all ties are properly knotted prior to the ceremony.

Shopping Tips
When the men visit their formalwear shop they should have a firm idea of the women’s wedding attire, and bring color swatches from the bridesmaid’s gowns. Pictures from the pages of wedding and men’s magazines of the preferred formalwear styles will aid in the decision-making process.

The groom and groomsmen should reserve their rentals at least three months in advance of the wedding. Final measurements should be taken about three weeks before the ceremony, however be sure to come back a few days before the wedding for last-minute alterations.
Tradition says that groomsmen pick up the cost of renting their own formalwear, but the discreet groom might offer to cover the accessories such as custom cuff links and shirt studs.

Finally, someone should be designated to return all formalwear to the store on time in order to avoid late fees, which can get quite expensive adding up the per day, per outfit costs.

The Perfect Fit
Whatever the style and degree of formality you choose for your wedding, there are a few key points to keep in mind regarding fit when ordering formalwear for groom and groomsmen. Shirts, whether with pleated front panels or traditional smooth-fronted ones, should fit snugly around the neck. The bottom hem of the pants should touch the top of the shoes. Jackets should fit snugly, but comfortably with some room at the waist. Sleeves should end at the wrist bone with the same number of shirt buttons showing. Vents on the sides of the jacket should lay smoothly and follow bodylines. The collar should hug the neck and the lapels shouldn’t buckle.

Grooming the Groom
With all the attention given to the men’s clothes, an important detail that is sometimes overlooked is the groomsmen’s hair. Men are generally more casual about haircuts than women, but they should be sure to get a trim two weeks before the wedding to add the finishing touch to their wedding finery.

A Groom’s Glossary
Tails: The ultimate formal attire, which should only be worn after 6 p.m., this ensemble features a winged-collar tuxedo shirt, ascot or bow tie, vest, tuxedo trousers and tailcoat. The full-dress ensemble comes in black, midnight blue, or grey, with a white shirt and matching or all white accessories.

Tuxedo: Either single or double-breasted, this formal suit has satin shawl or notched lapels. Matching pants sport a satin stripe down the pant-legs. Tailored in silk, mohair, wool or blend, in black, grey, ivory or white, tuxedos come in a range of styles sure to suit any taste.

Vest: This is often referred to as a waistcoat and comes in single- or double- breasted styles easily worn with nearly any tuxedo ensemble. With the open back vest, a band goes around the neck and another is fastened across the back. Tails, strollers, white-tie and director’s suits require a different style of vest.

White tie: Worn only to the most formal evening weddings, this ensemble consists of a black tailcoat and black tuxedo trousers with a white bow tie, winged-collar shirt and white vest.